Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Manuel S. Perry, the superintendent of streets at Monterey is a wide-awake, progressive public official whose efficiency has brought him enviable popularity in the whole-hearted support of his fellow-citizens. He was born at Alvacado, Alameda county, California, July 26, 1877, the son of Antone and Frances Perry, natives of the balmy Azores, who arrived in Monterey in 1902 and: early adapted themselves to the free institutions of the country they had come so far to help develop.

Having removed with his parents to Santa Clara county, Manuel S. Perry attended the excellent local schools. He was a wide-awake boy and he not only got all he could from the day-school teachers but attended night school as well. While still a youth, he found employment with J. W. Williams in San Jose, in the building of sidewalks and streets, working for a dollar a day and his board. He early learned the value of industry and economy and as time advanced steadily worked his way upward. For the past twelve years, he has been in the service of the city of Monterey, part of that time acting as inspector, while in 1917 he was made superintendent of streets. Since then notable advancement has been made in the bettering of the public thoroughfares. In fact all the late improvements in the streets of Monterey have been made under Mr. Perry's supervision, and it is understood that his progressive spirit will continue the good work until the streets are second to none in,the entire state. He has been able to introduce a number of innovations of his own that road-makers elsewhere have for some time watched with peculiar interest and time is proving the value of his ideas and methods.

Mr. Perry married Miss Laura Walker, a native of Watsonville, and their family now numbers four children; Elmer, Meline, Lucile and Elenore. Mr. Perry belongs to the Eagles, and he is also an enthusiastic member of the Native Sons of the Golden West. He is a republican in matters of national political moment, but nonpartisan when it comes to putting his shoulder to the wheel and working for the highest attainable for the community in which he lives.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.